The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is for skilled foreign tradespeople who have two years of paid work experience in a qualifying trade during the previous five years.
Candidates need to meet all of the conditions set for this Canadian immigration pathway and must apply through the Express Entry system.
For you to be considered for this particular stream, you will be required to have a certificate of qualification or a valid Canadian job offer. Having a successful Invitation to Apply allows the applicant to be apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Apart from showing documents related to the above achievements, the federal government requires a person to provide evidence of having enough funds to pay for living expenses after moving to Canada (for yourself and your family members).
You will also need training and experience from a Canadian employer and undergo an assessment by a recognized body in Canada. Thus, you will be required to visit the place you are planning to settle and have your assessment.
From there, you can apply for the Federal Skilled Trades Program through the Express Entry system.
There are specific skilled trades that qualify for the FSTP which are categorized into six groups and are usually referred to as Skill Level 2 or 3 occupations in Canada’s 2021 National Occupation Classification (NOC).
There are skilled trades listed under each major category. The Skill Level 2 and 3 occupations call for two years of experience, and you must have completed the necessary post-secondary education such as attending a technology institute, community college, or vocational school.
These are the 6 NOC Skill Level 2 and 3 categories that qualify for the FSTP:
The Express Entry system was created in 2015 by the federal government to speed up the immigration of foreign skilled workers with experience to Canada. The application only takes six months to be processed.
For you to apply for the Federal Skilled Trades Program, you need first to create an online Express Entry profile, which asks questions concerning your education, occupation, English or French language skills and other questions. A score is then calculated on the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). If you have one of the highest CRS scores, receive a qualifying job offer or get nominated by a Canadian province, an Invitation to Apply (ITA) may be given.
The CRS awards you points depending on:
Your test score for language proficiency in English or French must meet the minimum requirements for the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
If you receive an Invitation to Apply, you will have up to 60 days to file your complete Canadian Visa Application with the supporting documents and the visa decision will usually be made within about six months thereafter.
To find out if you qualify for the FSTP or another Canadian visa program